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Students from the 2017 Girls Plus Math summer youth program.
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Girls Plus Math Summer Youth Camp July 15-20

July 11, 2018

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MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University Office of Study Abroad and Outreach will host Girls Plus Math, a summer program for girls ages 11-13, on the WIU Macomb campus July 15-20.

The program will promote interest in mathematics, a willingness to take risks in analysis and the self-confidence and motivation to persist in problem solving. Participants will explore critical thinking skills, web page creation and computer software, as well as mathematical concepts and equations. For hands-on experience, students will build a tetrahedral kite, explore origami and participate in various games that foster critical thinking skills.

A WIU Department of Mathematics and Philosophy faculty member and a retired local high school teacher will coordinate the instructional portion. Using the most up-to-date teaching methods, materials and technology, the week-long program seeks demonstrate the relationship of math to many different areas of life, explore math beyond the limitations of the standard curriculum and enhance student self-esteem and problem-solving capabilities.

Participants will also be introduced to Polynomiography computer software, which allows users to create art through mathematical equations.

For full program information, visit the summer camp website at or call (309) 298-1911.

Posted By: Alisha Looney (
Office of University Communications & Marketing